The days are getting colder and the nights are longer, and many of us are getting ready to celebrate with friends and family. My favorite part of the holidays every year is eating and sharing my leftovers.
Growing up we cherished our food and would never throw any of it away. My mother taught us that wasting food was wrong with so many people in the world going hungry. My mother was right--food is too precious to waste. According to the Environmental Protection Agency one is six Americans lacks a secure food supply and suffers from hunger. And as much as 40% of food in the U.S. goes uneaten. According to estimates we are throwing out $165 billion in wasted food every year. Just 15% of this wasted food would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year.
We wish you a safe and happy winter season full of leftovers. My best advice is to always wash your hands before handling food and do your best not to waste anything. If you can't eat it all, send food home with friends, or invite them over for leftovers.
Happy Holidays everyone!